Work continues to be the main way in which people emancipate us and achieve our personal autonomy. Being able to access quality work is one of the best social preventive policies and also a factor that avoids the risks of exclusion. This quality work is not available to everyone. One of the tools we have to improve the labor market is vocational training and get closer to the most productive economies where FP has much more weight.
The Conselleries de Educació and Treball have promoted a change of direction that breaks the dichotomy between initial vocational training and training for employment and commitment to an integrated system. Up to now it has been thought of as two training systems: initial FP was the responsibility of the regulated educational system; while the second, around the policies of work and of the companies themselves, was within active employment policies. We want to leave behind this system of sealed boxes and this is the first challenge of the FP. Even in stages in which the two departments were of the same political color, the visions were too divergent.
We want to leave behind this system of sealed boxes and this is the first challenge of FP
The second challenge is to make the accreditation of competencies an open and stable system. You have to go from a limited system, with closed calls, to an open, permanent and stable one in your calls. The objective is that many workers can obtain an acknowledgment of their professional experience that allows them to improve their labor insertion.
The third challenge is to promote vocational guidance, both in the initial stages of formation, seeking vocations among young people as well as career guidance throughout life. This has to help working people to have information about what the labor market demands, where the changes are going and what professional training they need to have in the future to be able to define their trajectory.
The fourth challenge is to enhance dual FP. The next academic year we are launching a new model of dual vocational training - equipping the scholarship with the minimum interprofessional salary, increasing more hours of practice in the company and matching the curricula - to boost the growth of this form of professional training and ensure that the student obtain theoretical and practical training in the classroom and in the company. There is still much more synchronization between the training centers and the companies in their productive environment.
The future creation of the Public Agència de Formació i Qualificació Professionals de Catalunya is an important starting point
The fifth point is to combat the gender bias that, in the same way that occurs in other educational environments, makes gender a very important factor when choosing a professional training path and certain professional branches. Wage gender gaps are also born from the pressure and expectations of social gender behavior.
In order to achieve all this, the future creation of the Public Agència de Formació i Qualificació Professionals de Catalunya is an important starting point. The Agència is the vehicle on which this coordination has to pivot so that the Government advances at a firm pace in this route already drawn up and that structured Law 10/2015 on Professional Training and Qualification.